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#100 “Gewürztraminer” March 13, 2015

by Grape Stomper Todd on March 14, 2015

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GE14TODDCAST EPISODE 100: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

WINE WORD OF THE DAY
 

Greetings Moonstoners and today is a milestone for Moonstone.  It’s our 100th episode!   

And on this day in 1915, 100 years ago, Dodgers Manager, Wilbert Robinson decided to try and catch a baseball dropped from an airplane.  I guess he was bored during spring training.  But the pilot had forgotten the baseball and dropped a grapefruit instead.  Robinson was horrified by the splattered mess and thought he had lost an eye from the acid shrapnel until he “saw” the team laughing hysterically.  From that point on, he referred to airplanes as “fruit flies.” …good thing he managed baseball teams and didn’t write for comedy shows, eh?

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:  Gewurztraminer

Gewurztraminer wines taste like grapefruit, right, Jill?

So, I see what you did there.

Okay, here’s the story I always tell about Gewurztraminer:

Around 1000 AD…

But I thought I would read up again, since DNA testing is always debunking something, and sure enough, there is much confusion about where the grape come from and how it mutated from this or that grape.

The French, Italians, and Germans all seem to have a claim on this grape.

But do you really care, I didn’t think so. Many people don’t give this awesome wine a chance because so many American wineries would make it too sweet. But this wine can stand beautifully on it’s own without any residual sugar. It’s perfumed aromas can remind you of grapefruit, honeysuckle, vanilla, ginger, and lychee.

Speaking of which, too bad the pilot over Dodgers Manager, Wilbert Robinson’s head didn’t drop a lychee fruit out of the plane instead of a grapefruit. Lychee’s are only about 2 inches big, and he probably could have caught that…or at least avoided an injury if he missed the catch.

For transcripts, links and more toddcasts, go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd.  If you have any suggestions, historical facts, or explanations as to why a grapefruit is called a grapefruit, because, really, what the heck! There are thousands of varieties of grapes. And they are a fruit. Grapefruit has only been around since 1750. Really?? Grape Grapes have been documented back 5 to 6000 years! So whomever named grapefruit grapefruit, obviously doesn’t know their history, I mean, PLEASE!

But I digress. If you can shed some light on this obviously disturbing issue, please send emails to Jill. Because I’ll probably lose my mind if I dwell on this much longer.

And until next time, Cheers to YOU  


TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

Upcoming Anniversary Sale—8  Big Years!

Changes in the Tasting Room

Donation to Marine Mammal Center- over $2500!-Still time to stamp Passports

 

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

Glass of wine?  That will be $625.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/executive-style/top-drop/grange-by-the-glass-thatll-be-625-thanks-20150303-13ty77.html

Dude….very tacky.
http://pagesix.com/2015/03/02/booze-salesman-sent-exec-revenge-photos-of-wasted-champagne-strippers/

Dateless on Valentine’s?  Maybe you could stay home.
http://pdx.eater.com/2015/3/3/8145259/woman-sues-restaurant-for-ruining-her-valentines-day

Awww, like father, like son.
http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2015/02/baby-beer-bottle-on-sale/

Is that a bottle of wine in your pants or are you just glad to see me?
http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2015/03/swimwear-sneaks-join-comical-wine-smuggler-brigade

HAMMERED HOROSCOPE Pisces, something has to change. You knew it when you woke up this morning.  Today is the day to start something new.  A diet, a new exercise plan, or maybe you need to quit smoking.  But don’t go crazy.  It’s not the day to eliminate wine from your daily routine.  Get a haircut instead.  You’ll feel better.

ALCOHOL TRIVIA
Prior to erupting, Mount Vesuvius was known for its prolific vineyards.  When it erupted and buried Pompeii in volcanic ash in 79 A.D., it entombed more than 200 wine bars, eight on a single street.

 

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)
Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

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#99 “Super Tuscan” February 27, 2015

by Grape Stomper Todd on February 27, 2015

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tuscanyTODDCAST EPISODE 99: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

WINE WORD OF THE DAY

Greetings Moonstoners, today is February 27th and on this day in 1964, government officials in Italy sought funding to help prop up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Engineers,mathematicians and historians met to decide how to keep the tower from falling over while retaining the lean.  Decades of improvements followed including a system of counterweights, removing the bell, and shifting the foundation underneath.  They have done a super job, because the tower still stands.

 

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:  Super Tuscan

 

Back in the 70’s some winemakers in Tuscany got fed up with the government laws that dictated how to make the region’s most famous wine Chianti.  The rules stated that they must blend in some white grapes with Sangiovese to call it Chianti, otherwise, they would have to just put “Red Table Wine” or Vino da Tavola on their label.

So, some feisty winemakers decide the heck with it anyway. They wanted to create bolder red wines that were more popular overseas, especially in the  United States. So they coined the term Super Tuscan.  And no translation is needed here. That name is meant to be in English.

Super Tuscan can be awesome, big, powerful wines. The only issue is that you don’t always know what is in them. Some can be 100% Sangiovese, or Sangiovese blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and/or other Bordeaux varietals such as Merlot. Syrah also finds it way into Super Tuscans.

But the real question is, what wine were the builders drinking back in 1173, when they started building the Tower of Pisa? A lot of wine must have been drunk before they constructed its foundation. That’s all I’m sayin’

For transcripts links and more Toddcasts go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd. If you have any words, historical facts, or tips on how to keep tourists from taking stupid pictures of themselves trying to push the leaning tower back up right, please send emails to, info@moonstonecellars.com

And until next time cheers to YOU.

 

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

Club shipments are out

Passport Weekend update

There’s still time to get your passport stamped!

Papagallo-Saturday is sold out!  

 

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

A full body buzz?

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cannabis-infused-wine-delivers-a-full-body-buzz-says-melissa-etheridge/

On your mark, get set, sip!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/02/18/382657240/a-sophisticated-version-of-guess-the-grape-but-is-it-a-sport

This business has gone to seed.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.snooth.com/articles/israeli-research-team-gets-byzy-with-ancient-grape-seeds/

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s your dinner.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2015/02/restaurant-employs-fleet-of-drone-waiters/

Snap out of it.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11431992/Love-and-other-scientifically-tested-ways-to-sober-you-up.html


More good news.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.youthhealthmag.com/articles/10267/20150222/tea-wine-and-citrus-can-lower-ovarian-cancer-risk.htm


HAMMERED HOROSCOPE

Pisces, pull your head out of the water.  We know you love the drama and simplicity makes you crazy.  But sometimes you have to let things be.  You don’t always have to be the one stirring the pot.  If your guest brings you a bottle of cheap wine, open it with a smile and try your best to be cordial.  Don’t spit it across the room shouting “weasel pee!”  It makes everyone uncomfortable.  


ALCOHOL TRIVIA

A popular drink in Cambodia is called Tarantula Brandy.  It consists of a rice-based liquor and yes, freshly killed tarantulas.  I will now be cancelling my vacation plans to Cambodia.  

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)

Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

 

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#98 “Crown Cap” November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 98: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is November 7th and on this day in 1980, we lost the “king of cool”, actor Steve McQueen.   McQueen was an Academy Award nominee for his dramatic turn in “The Sand Pebbles” but he was probably most […]

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#97 “Black Rot” October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 97: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 24th and on this day in 1929, the folks on Wall Street took a dark turn.  This was the day of the great Stock Market Crash of 1929, a day known as “Black Thursday”, which […]

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#96 “Vinho Verde” October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 96: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:   WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 10th and on this day in 1813 Giuseppe Verdi was born.  Or was it the October 9th? Who knows, since I suppose records weren’t kept very well back then in Italy… Anyway, if you […]

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#95 “Pelure D’oignon” October 3, 2014

October 3, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 95: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 3rd.  And on this day in 1974, one of the greatest footballers in history, Pele, retired from Brazillian soccer.  Though past his prime, he was coaxed out of retirement a few years later to play […]

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#93 “Cornas” September 19, 2014

September 18, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 94: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Today is September 19th and on this day in 1995, we lost popcorn mogul Orville Redenbacher.  By the 1970’s Orville had captured over one third of the world popcorn market.  Though his company has been sold multiple times, the corn […]

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#93 “Rack” August 29, 2014

August 28, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 93: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:   WINE WORD OF THE DAY   Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 29th.  And summer is pretty much over and we’re getting back on track podcast-wise if harvest doesn’t get in the way!   On this day in 1869, the Mount Washington Cog Railway in […]

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#92 “Crossing” August 8, 2014

August 8, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 92: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 8th and on this day in 1963, the British woke up to disturbing news.  A large gang of thieves ambushed a Royal Mail train heading to London and made off with over 2.5 million pounds. […]

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#91 “Saignee” August 2, 2014

August 2, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 91: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings from the east Moonstoners, today is August 1st, and we have been AWOL for a few weeks.  But we return in time for a bloody day in history.  It seems August 1st has been a pretty deadly day in […]

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